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An Introduction to SilverStripe

Jeff Whitfield

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to postpone this meeting till next month. The updated event is now set for June 13th.

The use of content management systems is all the rage with ones like Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal being the most popular. But how do you take it to the next level? How can we model information in a way that matches the business logic? How do we embrace newer MVC ways of development with newer frameworks? Enter SilverStripe! 

SilverStripe is a free, open source content management system that allows you to build standards-based websites with zero restrictions. The underlying framework has been compared to Ruby on Rails. It allows end users to manage their own websites through an easy-to-use interface using nothing but a web browser. Because there aren't any restrictions, a developer is able to custom tailor the CMS to meet requirements on both the front-end and the back-end of a site. It's a level of flexibility and control that very few content management systems offer.

Jeff Whitfield will be introducing SilverStripe and will walk you through the basics of the system. He'll highlight the robust nature of the framework and show you some tricks along the way.

About Jeff Whitfield

What happens when you unleash a frustrated musician onto a computer? You get a really big geek! That's Jeff in a nutshell.

What used to be just a simple hobby turned into a great shift in his career. Although he majored in audio and video production, his love for computers grew and grew to the point where a change was destined to occur. Beginning in 2001, he held positions within the IT industry from IT Assistant to IT Supervisor. But his real calling was web development and design.

Jeff's career involves helping people build cutting-edge, custom websites using emerging standards, modern design, and the latest development techniques. This requires a significant amount of planning and, at times, tight collaboration with designers and user experience specialists.

Over the years Jeff has developed a philosophy that dictates that "less is more" and that "good enough" simply isn't good enough. Good design is as much about communicating with your audience as it is about aesthetics. He embraces the "now" and try to build sites in a future-forward mentality that allows for communicating to the audience in a highly modern way.

Find out more about Jeff on his website.

This Meeting Happened in the Past

It was held on to at Improving Enterprises. This meeting was graciously sponsored by Improving Enterprises.